Islamic knowledge-centred worldview in the Malaysian automobile industry

[German title: Die islamische wissenszentrierte Weltsicht in der malaysischen Automobilindustrie (Translate text to: Deutsch)]

Knowledge-induced technological change: A study involving the automobile innovation in Malaysia with layers of techniques 
Author(s): Masudul Alam Choudhury, Toseef Azid, Mushtaq Ahmad Klasra 
Journal: International Journal of Social Economics 
ISSN: 0306-8293 
Year: 2006 Volume: 33 Issue: 11 Page: 744 – 765 
DOI: 10.1108/03068290610705661 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – To apply the Tawhidi epistemology in the automobile industry as the paradigm of the Islamic socio-scientific order in terms of its inherent knowledge-centered worldview.
Design/methodology/approach – The concepts of unity and unification of knowledge in a system-wide sense are analytically developed in the framework of shuratic process or equivalently as the interactive, integrative and evolutionary process-oriented methodology (IIE).
Findings – The analytical conceptualization is derived in the light of Qur’anic rules (ahkam) and recommended that policies, programs and instruments would jointly promote the development of mutual profitability and address the social milieu as well.
Research limitations/implications – Tawhidi unification methodology of extensive participation and linkage can be applied widely.
Originality/value – Certain policy recommendations in the light of the shari’ah precepts of this case study can be made. 

Keywords: Epistemology, Innovation, Islam, Knowledge management, Malaysia 

Article Type: Case study 

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An information systems framework for business process management

[German title: Rahmenwerk eines Informationssystems für das Geschäftsprozessmanagement (Translate text to: Deutsch)]

A knowledge centred framework for collaborative business process modelling 
Author(s): Emmanuel D. Adamides, Nikos Karacapilidis 
Journal: Business Process Management Journal 
ISSN: 1463-7154 
Year: 2006 Volume: 12 Issue: 5 Page: 557 – 575 
DOI: 10.1108/14637150610690993 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – The paper aims to present the design rationale, the structure and the use of a web-based information systems framework for collaborative business process modelling.
Design/methodology/approach – By viewing process modelling as a “problematic situation” that entails a considerable amount of social and knowledge activity in order to be resolved, a novel process modelling construct has been developed and a participative problem-structuring methodology adapted to the specific domain. The framework presented is the result of an action research study for process improvement and has been introduced in a real organizational setting as a pilot application.
Findings – Experiences from the use of the framework presented indicate that it stimulates interaction and makes participants more accountable for their modelling contributions, as well as aiding them to define, understand, document, analyze and improve business processes in a holistic manner by interacting with one another and with the model under construction.
Research limitations/implications – Currently, the application of the framework is limited by and depends on the availability and the technical abilities of a technical facilitator, but work is under way towards automating the inter-process communication between the system implementing the problem-structuring methodology and the modelling environment.
Practical implications – The framework presented can be used in distributed organizational settings for business process management through a structured modelling process.
Originality/value – The paper presents an IS framework for business process management that integrates a problem-structuring methodology, a Knowledge Management System and a modelling/simulation environment in a consistent way. 

Keywords: Business process re-engineering, Knowledge management, Modelling, Problem solving 

Article Type: Research paper 

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Information Visualization, 2006 Volume 5 Number 3 (Special Issue: Concept Maps)

[German title: Information Visualization, 2006 Jg. 5 Nr. 3 (Schwerpunkt: Concept Maps) (Translate text to: Deutsch)]

September 2006 Volume 5 Number 3, pp 167 – 234


Integrating knowledge and information: digital concept maps as a bridging technology
Sigmar-Olaf Tergan, Tanja Keller and Remo A Burkhard


The origins of the concept mapping tool and the continuing evolution of the tool
Joseph D Novak and Alberto J Canas

The Concept Plot: a concept mapping visualization tool for asynchronous web-based brainstorming sessions
Alex Ivanov and Dianne Cyr


Concept map-based knowledge modeling: perspectives from information and knowledge visualization
John W Coffey, Robert Hoffman and Alberto Canas

A comparison between concept maps, mind maps, conceptual diagrams, and visual metaphors as complementary tools for knowledge construction and sharing
Martin J Eppler

Concept maps for designing adaptive knowledge maps
Michel Crampes, Sylvie Ranwez, Jean Villerd, Filip Velickovski, Chris Mooney, Andrew Emery and Nicholas Mille


Learning from architects: complementary concept mapping approaches
Remo Aslak Burkhard

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© 2006 Palgrave Macmillan Ltd

Serie über Wissensmanagement in kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen, Teil 2

[English title: Series on Knowledge Management in Small and Medium-Sized Companies, Part 2 (Translate text to: English)]

‘Wissensmanagement für KMU 2: Erfolgsfaktoren’
von Hajo Fischer (05.09.2006)
Wissensmanagement-Impulse 9/2006

Zusammenfassung: Als Zwischenfazit aus dem ersten Beitrag kann man festhalten, dass alle Ergebnisse auf eine Überlastung der Unternehmensleitung hinweisen, die damit selber zum größten Engpass im Unternehmen wird. Gleichzeitig ist der Nutzen zahlreicher Instrumente des Wissensmanagements (man denke hier etwa an die so prominenten Portallösungen) angesichts einer Informationszentralisierung bei der Unternehmensleitung selber fragwürdig. Wo liegen aber die Vorteile von KMU für die Einführung von Wissensmanagement? Und wie sind diese in Anbetracht der zahlreichen Erfahrungen über Erfolgsfaktoren und Barrieren des Wissensmanagements zu bewerten?

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© Wissensmanagement Forum Graz

KnowledgeBoard Newsletter #138 – 07 September 2006 – available

[German title: Newsletter Nr. 138 des KnowledgeBoard – 7. September 2006 – erschienen (Translate text to: Deutsch)]

KnowledgeBoard #138 – 07 September – Your Global KM Community


ICE 2006: Selected articles

“KM… pas pour les TPE & PME ?”

UK Opportunities for Collaboration in Complexity Science


Monitoring environmental complexities and changes

KB event transcript: The Practical side of Knowledge Management


Social Network Tools and their Business Application

KM Asia 2006

New dates: UnBla 07 Conference 24-26 January

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